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Cheese thief; Wallace's health; birthday; tidying & making

Monday 18 July, 2016

by Rosemary at 9:04am in Smallholding 1 comment Add your own

Monday 11th July

Today’s cheese making lesson is don’t leave the drying cheese where a dog can get to it. The first cheddar is gone. Not a crumb left. Bentley is No1 suspect by virtue of being a Labrador and having previous food stealing form. Hey ho. A second cheddar is through the press and drying – where the dogs can’t reach.

We have a new-to-us lawnmower – it’s a John Deere and it’s fab. Almost looking forward to cutting the grass.

Swallows; poorly lamb; lots of produce!

Tuesday 12 July, 2016

by Rosemary at 9:13am in Smallholding 1 comment Add your own


Wallace has finished his course of Pen&Strep and is a right as rain. He was sound after 24 hours but we completed the course of ABs as recommended by the vet.

Dan strained and jarred our honey – twelve jars looking lovely.

Jarring honeyJarring honey.

He moved the new colony of bees into a full sized hive – they’re looking good – and he gave the newly moved ones and the weak hive a feed of syrup.

Weeds; Game Fair; sheep movements; Sassos

Tuesday 5 July, 2016

by Rosemary at 8:47am in Smallholding 0 comments Add your own


Trailer duly delivered to the local dealer – not as bad as we feared so we should get it back Wednesday.

Vet came to see Wallace – he’s had Pen&Strep and Metacam, and he’s looking better. He’s got another seven days of antibiotics though.


Winnie is turning into a right little madam – she’s full of bounce and doesn’t listen to her mammy. Bringing the three cows and calves in is a bit of a rodeo – best idea is to keep calm and not rush them. Bryn tried to help but didn’t – he has to be shut in the house or the rodeo becomes a rammy.

Winnie; Royal Highland Show; Cheese cave

Sunday 26 June, 2016

by Rosemary at 9:52am in Smallholding 2 comments Add your own


Been another glorious day here but windy – a good drying day! We’ve been working on the “cheese cave” – the old fridge out of the caravan. I’ve given it a good clean and Dan’s been setting up the temperature gauge. It looks good – hope it works.

My pony, Smokey, has a cough, so the vet’s coming out tomorrow. Other than that, it’s been paperwork day, as Monday always is.

The trailer is booked in to the dealer’s for repair a week tomorrow. Hope they can fix it in time to take cow and calf to the Game Fair.

Rain, cheese and weeds

Monday 20 June, 2016

by Rosemary at 11:08am in Smallholding 0 comments Add your own


We actually got some sun today – came out about noon until about 4pm. Really warm too. Either side of that it’s been overcast, with rain this morning.

Dan started to make some beer – bitter, I think.

The poorly pig seems to be OK and has been reunited with his brothers.

The milking routine is falling into place but I need to get another cleaner – an alkaline one this time. The hypochlorite seems to be coming via South America. Having a bit of a problem with the legs of the cluster touching the ground when I’m putting it on – don’t know if there is a problem with the machine, a problem with the operator or if it’s just due to my cows having short legs. We need a resolution though.

Land of milk and honey

Sunday 12 June, 2016

by Rosemary Champion at 5:48pm in Smallholding 0 comments Add your own


Sneaked off to the cinema to see “Love and Friendship” with Tara. Nice to get a break and relatively dressed up.

Winter and Wallace are now on three feeds – 6am, 2pm and 10pm and glugging down a full 1/2 litre at each feed.

Pedro and Paulo are doing well. Annie has a terrific udder on her – hope she’s prepared to share.


Getting myself in a bit of a brain freeze about cleaning the milking machine. I have two sets of instructions – and, of course, they are different. Just need to think it through logically – first stage is a cold rinse, so that’s a start.

Calving under way

Monday 6 June, 2016

by Rosemary at 9:38am in Smallholding 1 comment Add your own

So we’re into flaming June and the weather continues dry, with some warm days. We still have a fairly persistent easterly wind, which is keeping it cool a lot of the time. We’ve had to start putting the sprinkler on in the vegetable garden – Dan puts it on at 6am for an hour or so. I hate to say it but we could do with some rain.  :-)

We planted out the sweetcorn, some squashes and the rest of the peas and beans. The celery failed sadly, and I fear over rigorous weeding means we need to resow the parsnips. My excuse is that the rows weren’t marked and parsnips are slow to germinate, so when I resow this week, I’ll mix the parsnip seeds with radish or lettuce seeds.

Calving approaches

Monday 30 May, 2016

by Rosemary Champion at 2:35pm in Smallholding 0 comments Add your own

It’s been another decent week, weather-wise – not hugely warm as we’ve had a northerly or easterly wind most days, but it’s been dry with a good deal on sunshine. When the wind has dropped it’s been rather nice indeed.

The grass is growing now – although not as fast as I’d like, but then that’s par for the course. However, all the stock looks well – so they must be eating something.

Tatties are through the soil; peas and beans are in; carrots, parsnips, beetroot and spring onions are sown. The veg garden is starting to look a treat. And we have some asparagus through too.

Tough decisions

Monday 23 May, 2016

by Rosemary Champion at 9:41am in Smallholding 0 comments Add your own

The weather this week has been pretty good. We’ve had some rain, which has been welcome, but the ground is dry and it disappears almost immediately. Dan’s topped the rushes in all the paddocks bar one – after that, the harrow will go back on. I need to source some grass seed to oversow the remaining bare patches.

The fruit trees are in magnificent full bloom – they are just beautiful. And the veg garden is starting to look better as the peas and brassicas are planted and the sown crops, like beetroot, start to sprout. Felling the big cedar last week has let an amazing amount of sunlight into both the veg garden, in the morning, and the back lawn, in the afternoon.

Holiday time and beavers

Monday 16 May, 2016

by Rosemary Champion at 1:54pm in Smallholding 3 comments Add your own

We've had two visits this week from our local Beaver group - one on Monday and one on Friday. The boys seemed to enjoy feeding the hens and picking up eggs, seeing the cattle (especially the pooping) and bottlefeeding the lambs.

Beaver feeding lambA beaver feeding a lamb.

We've got a school visit on Friday and I think we might have the Scouts visiting soon. We enjoy these visits but  we should get earplugs. Bryn was made a honorory Beaver - we have a photo of him in woggle and cap :-)

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